In this memoir, Matthew not only shares his experiences with sacred medicines and indigenous rituals but also bizarre stories from his childhood and years dealing with addiction and how he found recovery.  Schultz details traveling the world and working with many different healing modalities. This book not only seeks to educate the skeptic but also offers words of warning for those seeking out these practices.


Matthew John Schultz has worked extensively with Lakota and Mayan elders and was gifted their wisdom and practices as well as being named Path Keeper by both cultures. He is a water pourer for sweat lodges, a sacred pipe carrier and worked as an Ayahuasca facilitator around the world. He also is a multimedia artist, musician and educator. He is a founding member of the dark ambient band Lab Report and the industrial band Pigface as well as the creator of the hermetic order of The Division and The Mandala Project.


For more information please visit his websites sweatlodge.love and mattschultz.com






 “This is like no other book I’ve ever read. Brutal and intense but also warm and wickedly funny. There’s a lot to take in with this work, but those who follow Matthew’s journey to its conclusion will be rewarded with an experience uncommon of most memoirs – especially those written by others mostly known to the general public for their musical history alone. Matthew’s work transcends that – this is something else entirely. It’s not an easy ride, but it’s worth every turn of the page. Reaching this book’s finale is well worth the time invested.”

~ Joel Gausten

Author of: The 3 Am Girls and More

From Satan to Sabbath: The Metal Interviews 2000-2009




   “Schultz has traveled around the world and seen both the good and bad sides of the Ayahuasca movement and the shaman industry which has grown around it. Therefore, in addition to being an entertaining read, The Dark and the Light marks an important step in the process of opening dialogue on how something that has the potential to  transform people’s lives can be supported, and how safeguards can be put in place to protect peoples mental and physical health - and pocketbooks - from creeps, charlatans and predators.” 

            ~ Brian Mier

Co-Editor of Brazil Wire




“Matt’s brilliant and sober artistic vision presents an interesting counter-narrative to the siren song intoxicating thousands of gringos in search of “shamanic” journeys in Central and South America.   Full of gritty colorful characters, and a surrealistic style that reflects its own internal compulsions, addictions, and trauma, “The Dark and the Light” strikes me like Warhol and Lou Reed’s response to the Summer of Love in their 1967 release of “The Velvet Underground and Nico”.  Let the flower children spend a night in “The Factory” if they dare.  Highly recommended.”

  ~ Michael Kokal

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